Before you Go

Please note that tours are suspended until further notice.

Discover some of Scotland's treasures on this entertaining and informative tour; from castles and palaces to iconic works of art, you'll see some of the highlights of the country's past and present. If you're planning a trip to Edinburgh, it's the perfect opportunity to spend a day exploring beyond the capital and visiting some of Scotland's must-see landmarks.


  • Discover historic Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots
  • Visit Stirling's famous castle & the Wallace Monument, honouring one of Scotland's legendary heroes
  • Admire one of Scotland's most iconic works of art: The Kelpies, 30m high sculptures of horses' heads
  • Informative and entertaining tour guide
  • Day tour departing from Edinburgh city centre, travelling on a luxury coach with WiFi & USB-charging


  • Guided day tour from Edinburgh to Linlithgow, The Kelpies and Stirling Castle
  • Return transport on a luxury coach, with WiFi and USB charging
  • Food/drink
  • Admission fees to attractions are not included, but can be purchased on the tour at a discounted rate


First up is Linlithgow, where you can visit the ruins of stunning Linlithgow Palace, set in beautiful parkland next to the loch. The palace was one of the main residences of the kings and queens of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots herself. Some say the castle is still haunted by Mary’s mother!

Make sure you take the time to explore the town of Linlithgow, visiting St Michael’s Parish Church and the High Street, lined with independent shops and cafés. Then, it’s on to The Helix, a modern park development and home to the magnificent Kelpies. Erected in 2013, these enormous steel sculptures of horses' heads are 30 metres high and represent the role that horses have played in Scottish working life over the centuries. They really have to be seen to be believed.

Next up, we'll take you through the Bannockburn area, site of the famous battle of the same name, before you arrive at imposing Stirling Castle, built on an enormous volcanic rock above the River Forth. As well as being a fort, the castle also served as a palace for the Stuart kings of Scotland. It really is an incredible building that has a thousand stories to tell. You just have to listen.

After visiting the National Wallace Monument, one of Scotland's most recognisable landmarks commemorating the life of the national hero, William Wallace, it's time to return to Edinburgh in the same comfort and style as on the rest of your journey, getting a final chance to enjoy views of the splendid countryside.

Before you Go

When reserving your place on the tour, please select the date on which you would like to take the Snapshot of Scotland Tour.

General information

  • Operational season:

  • 1st April 2019 – 31st October 2019: Tuesday and Sunday

  • 1st November 2019 – 31st March 2020: Tuesday and Sunday

  • The tour does not operate between 23rd December and 6th January

  • The tour departs Edinburgh city centre (Charlotte Square) at 10:00 a.m., returning at approximately 4:30 p.m.

  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

  • Please note: children under the age of 5 are not permitted on the tour

On the day

  • Snacks and refreshments are available to buy at the various stops made during the tour; alternatively, you can bring your own picnic

  • We recommend wearing layers and bringing a waterproof jacket

  • Please wear sturdy, comfortable footwear

  • A backpack is recommended for carrying waterproofs, snacks, water, cameras etc.


Cancellation Policy

All sales are final: tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded by City Sightseeing. Please check dates carefully before purchasing tickets.

Supplied by

Lothian Motorcoaches
55 Annandale Street
EH7 4BF, Edinburgh, United Kingdom